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The Will of Edward Pettus of the East India Company, July 1620

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This is a transcript of the Will of Edward Pettus, made in July 1620.

It was proved by William Pettus his eldest brother in London in November 1620. [1]

At the time that the Will was written, Edward had been working abroad for the East India Company for many years. He had been released from their service due to a disagreement and after finding himself destitute, the Company agreed to take him home aboard one of their ships.

This Will was probably written aboard that ship when Edward was sick, given the legacies he made to the sailors. It is not recorded whether he returned alive to England.

Edward left a legacy to his father Thomas, but his father was already dead at the time of writing. Edward has the ages of his brothers Theodore and Thomas mixed up. He also does not mention a younger brother Henry who may have been born after he went abroad.

The spellings are the original, line breaks have been added to make the text more readable.

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The Will of Edward Pettus

In the name of God Amen
July the [day omitted] One thousand six hundred and twentie
I Edward Pettus servante to the Hono'ble Companie of Marchants of London trading to the East India
Being weake of bodie but in p'fect memorye praised be the Almightie God
Doe make this my laste will and testamente in manner and forme as followeth

Imprimis I bequeath my Soule into the hands of Almightie God that gave yt desiring him to receive it to his mercie and my bodie to the earth from whence it came in sure and certaine hope of resurreccon at the last daye

Item I bequeathe unto my ffather Thomas Pettus five pounds to make him a Ringe And to my mother Cicely Pettus Five pounds to buy a peece of plate withall

Item I give and bqueathe unto the two eldest Sonnes of my brother William Pettus ffiftie pound apeece by what meansoever they be called and for wante of heires this legacye to returne to the executor my eldest brother William Pettus

Item I give and bequeathe unto my sister FFraunces Pettus ffourtie poundes to be paid at her day of lawfull marriage but yf in case her dye before then this legacye to retourne unto the heires male of my Eldest brother William Pettus and for wante of Heires to retourne unto the heires male of my second brother John Pettus and for wante of heires to retorne to the heires male of my third brother George Pettus and for wante of Heires to retourne unto the heires male of my fourth brother Theodor Pettus

Item I give and bequeathe unto my second brother called by the name of John Pettus twentie pounds yf .... , yf not then this legacye to retourne unto my younger brother Theodor Pettus

Item I give and bequeathe unto my brother Theodor Pettus tenn pounds to be paid him at the age of twentie years

Item I give and bequeathe unto my youngest brother Thomas Pettus Tenn pounds to be paid him at the age of one & twentie years

[next page] and for wante of heires this legacye to retourne unto the heires male of my oldest brother William Pettus

Item I give unto my sister Christian Pettus three poundes to buye her a Ringe withall

Item I give and bequeathe unto my sister Ann Pettus three pounds to buye her a Ringe withall

Item I give and bequeathe unto my sister Susan Mite wife unto Jeffery Mite three pounds six shillings and eight pence to make a drinking boule with my name to it

Item I give and bequeathe unto the wife of William Pettus my brother three pounds five shillings and eight pence to buye a drinking bowle withall and my name sett to ytt

Item I give and bequeathe unto the two eldest sonnes of my sister Elizabeth Sadler the wife of Nicholas Sadler the p'duct of ffourtie five Ryalls of eightie sent to Thomas Rastell from the Capn Bona esperance to Suratt by the hand of Richard Swan Mr of the Rowbuck to be invested into Callicoes and sent home by the nexte shippe that comes from thence

Item I give and bequeathe unto my brother George Pettus tenn pounds to be paid unto him at his retorne home into England but yf he dyes before then this legacye to retorne unto my brother Theodor Pettus

Item I give and bequeathe unto my brother Nicholas Sadler and his wife Elizabeth Sadler Tenn poundes to be made into three cupps and my name sett on them Ex Dono Edward Pettus

Item I give unto my uncle William Green and my Aunt his wife Three pounde thirteene shillings and foure pence to make either twoe hoope Rings or half a dozen of silver Spoones

Item I give unto William Calstropp Whome I make Overseer of this my last will and testament Twentie pounds

Item I give and Bequeathe tenn pounde to the making of a Sermon & a dynner in Norwich in the p'ishe church where my ffather dwells Called by the name of St Symon and Jude whereof I give Twentie Shillings unto the minister that makes the Sermon w'ch I desire may be ..wells twentie shillings to be given unto the poore of my ffather wards and eight poundes for to make the Dynner

Item I give and bequeathe unto Captaine John Ramsen the sone of Alderman Ramsen five pounds to make him a Patten doublett

Item I give unto Susan Slofeild [sic] sometimes my mothers mayde five pounds and yf she be married her husband not to gane anye thinge to doe with but to be paid to her self

Item I give and bequeathe unto Thomas Pory the Younger the Sonne of William Pory ffive pounds

Item I give unto Elias Wood purser of the Lyon three pounds

Item I give John Weddell M'r of the Lyon Twentie shillings to make him a Ringe withall

Item I give to Joseph Salbanck tenn shillings to make a Ringe

Item I give to Captaine John Adie Tenn Shillings

Item I give unto Richard Browne for attending of me in my sickness ffiftie shillings

Item I give unto Henry Gamaya [?] the Swabber tenn shillings

Item I give unto Thomas Prichett for washing of my cloathes fifteene shilling yf I dye and yf I ... home I give him ffortie shillings

Item I give and bequeathe unto Robert Rash the Sonne of olde Rash the Baker in the Cittie of Norw'ch some times dwelling in the p'ishe of St Simon & Jude tenn shillings

And for the remainder of my Estate these legacyes beinge paide I give and bequeathe unto the youngest Childe of my sister Elizabeth Sadler the wife of Nicholas Sadler beinge livinge at the arivall of this my last Will and Testament in England sone or daughter

Item I make my eldest brother William Pettus executor of this my last Will and testament and William Calstropp my Overseer and nothinge to be done without his Councell and my trusted friends Elias Wood and Thomas Pory to advertise them of my estate in the Shippe

Ed Pettus
Signed Sealed and delivered as my last Will and testament

Probatum London sixth November 1620 Proved by William Pettus the natural and lawful brother

Sources

  1. Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills.




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This is winderful!
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